Five Surprisingly Banned Books

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As book lovers, we don’t really understand the purpose of censorship. We certainly don’t support an effort to ban any books because we believe that readers should be able to judge for themselves the appropriateness of a given book. But sometimes, even the best books are pulled from the shelves. Some of the following were [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – On Children and Censorship

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Okay, so…. I know my memory isn’t what it should be.  But I can’t remember ever – not once – being told that I couldn’t read a particular book.  That it wasn’t appropriate, or had unsuitable content.  Not from a teacher, a parent, a librarian.  Not when I was young, certainly not when I got [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Second Chances, Redux

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This week, I was planning to write on the unhappy phenomenon of banned books.  However, every time I sat down to do this my thoughts went back to a year ago, when the attempt to ban a book I thought was wonderful played across the headlines of my own local newspaper.  I wrote about the [….]

Banned Book Review: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury

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“It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed….and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history.” These words are our first introduction to [….]

“Sweet Children” and Trust

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I remember when I first received my first Harlequin book. I was 13 years old. I don’t remember anything about the book other than it’s olive green cover, but what I do remember is the reason why my mother gave me the book and the feeling has stayed with me since. We were leaving our [….]

Minnesotans Cancel Rainbow Rowell’s Book Visit After Parents’ Complaints

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File this one under “DISGUSTING” From By Erin Grace / World-Herald columnist at omaha.com: Rainbow Rowell should be in the Minneapolis area today, talking about her best-selling, award-winning, highly acclaimed novel for teens, “Eleanor & Park.” She should be standing in a public library in Anoka County reading from her 324-page novel, her second, which came out in [….]

The Ugly Myth of “Too Much Reading”

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When I read Gawker’s post on Marie Gandron, director of the Hudson Falls Public Library, admitting to telling nine year old Tyler Weaver that he “reads too much” I thought, perhaps, I’d missed something. Surely someone who has cultivated a career based on the love of the written word, wouldn’t tell an impressionable child that [….]